NFBC FAAB Report: Week 7

Continuing to build on our NFBC Market Report series, Fighting Chance Fantasy will highlight weekly NFBC Main Event FAAB results to help you find some free-agent gems for your lineups. If you're unfamiliar with NFBC, it's where the sharpest minds in the fantasy baseball community compete for grand prizes upward of $250K. For us, mere mortal fantasy players, analyzing NFBC market trends can be a useful tool to stay ahead of your competition. The following players were added on Sunday, May 5th. 

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Tyler Black MIL  3B 57 $315 $38
Joey Loperfido HOU  OF 56 $281 $30
Daniel Hudson LAD RP 53  $250 $7
Jordan Beck COL OF 49  $154 $1
Vidal Brujan MIA 2B 47 $84 $1
Jack Leiter CHC SP 40 $56 $3
Wenceel Perez DET 2B/OF 39 $85 $1
Jon Singleton HOU 1B 36 $89 $4
Hayden Wesneski  CHC  SP 36  $59 $1
Alex Lange  DET  RP 35  $69 $6
  • Black Gets The Call For The Brewers

Tyler Black

At this point of the fantasy season, most veteran ballplayers with any playing time upside have already found rosters in the highly competitive NFBC Main Event leagues. So seasoned managers have focused on some intriguing rookie call-ups ahead of week 7 action. The dazzling MLB debut of New York's Christian Scott garnered some huge FAAB dollars over the weekend, but it was Milwaukee's third baseman Tyler Black who was the most popular pickup of the week. All 57 leagues placed a bid to acquire the 23-year-old prospect after the Brewers promoted him to the big club early last week. Black's skill set could potentially bring fantasy value to all standard league categories with his plate discipline and attractive combination of power and speed. Between two minor league levels last season, Black hit 18 home runs, stole 55 bases, and scored 105 runs in 123 games. Since Black's call-up last Tuesday, the left-hander started four of his first five games for the Brewers. Even though the rookie went 2-for-15 with seven strikeouts in his first week as a big leaguer, he is projected to be in the lineup against right-handed pitching, which could present more opportunities in a strong side platoon. 15-teamers are always looking to add speed on the waiver wire, so it's not surprising that Black was as popular as he was this week. Black could also bring a decent batting average and occasional pop when he gets comfortable with big-league pitching, so if he is somehow still on your waiver wire, make sure he is a priority in case he plays himself in a lasting role in Milwaukee. Just be aware of the transience of a young ballplayer learning at the big league level.
  • Loperfido Benefits From Ailing Astros 

Joey Loperfido

All but one NFBC Main Event league added Joey Loperfido this week as the Astros promoted its 24-year-old outfielder to its lineup, looking for a spark. The rookie went 4-for-15 in his inaugural week with a Houston club in need of some healthy bats. Veteran Chas McCormick had experienced a slow start accompanied by a couple of setbacks with hamstring strains. McCormick has 17 hits in 72 at-bats and has yet to clear the fences this year. He's eligible to return to the lineup by the middle of the week, but the Astros haven't announced a return date at the time of this writing. Houston also gave veteran first baseman Jose Abreu a breather and demoted him to a rookie-level Florida Complex League affiliate to gain some confidence. The slugger somehow has been worse than McCormick and only had seven hits in 71 at-bats before voluntarily leaving for the minor leagues for the first time in his career. Look for Loperfido to get the majority of his at-bats against right-handed pitching and could provide some good numbers in weeks the Astros face a majority of right-handers. As for all rookies, you run the risk of adding the shiny new toy, which can be sent down as fast as he was called up. Loperfido came into week 7 with a 43.8 strikeout rate and that needs to be monitored if he wants to contribute for the next four-plus months left on the schedule.
  • Hudson In Line For More Saves?  

Daniel Hudson

Speaking of strained hamstrings, even pitchers are susceptible to the dreaded hammy grab. Los Angeles closer Evan Phillips was diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain last week and was placed on the injured list on the last day of week 6 action. For the next couple of weeks, seasoned NFBC Main Event managers will be looking for veteran Daniel Hudson to pick up the bulk of the save opportunities while Phillips is sidelined. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts spoke to reporters last Sunday and described Phillips' injury as mild and expects the veteran reliever back after a minimal stay on the injured list. Before week 7 action, Hudson had one win and one save in 15 innings of work. The 37-year-old had only allowed one walk on the season but has been susceptible to the long ball. Hudson has allowed four home runs already and has experienced an average exit velocity of 93.4 and a hard-hit percentage of 61.9. Those numbers don't scream long-term closer; however, Hudson is worth a reasonable price as long as he gets the first dibs on saves from a Dodgers offense humming with a league-best 132 wRC+. Keep a close eye on this situation, as Roberts could go with a committee or hot-hand approach with Blake Treinen coming off the injured list and ready to make his season debut this week.
  • Beck Latest To Be Brought Up By Rockies

Jordan Beck

Another week, another Colorado outfielder was featured on this list of most added in the NFBC. This week, it's rookie Jordan Beck who was added to 49 Main Event leagues as the Rockies appear to give the 23-year-old outfielder a chance for everyday playing time. Beck started in left field and batted in the bottom half of the lineup in the Marlins and Pirates series. As mentioned when Sean Bouchard appeared on this list a few weeks back, we don't have a good feel for what Colorado management is doing with its young talent. That being said, the right-hander deserved a call-up after hitting .307 at Triple-A Albuquerque while popping five home runs and stealing five bases in 25 games. He's a player who might require patience as he carries a 52.4 strikeout rate and has yet to draw a walk heading into week 7 action. The road might be rocky in his first season with the big club, and he could be sent down once he hits a cold spell. This Colorado club is not a real contender by any stretch of the imagination and will continue to fade into the abyss, but at least for fantasy purposes, there will be available playing time for a young prospect gaining valuable experience against the best baseball can offer.
  • Brujan Could Earn Playing Time In Miami

Vidal Brujan

Think it's safe to assume why former Miami general manager Kim Ng abruptly stepped down during the offseason? Ng, who was orchestrating a rebuild for a perennial non-contender Marlins organization, wrote in the offseason that she was resigning because she didn't believe ownership was aligned with her vision of the franchise. Yes, it's kinda funny to think the Marlins are tanking. So it's not surprising the team took another step back from being a contender this season by sending popular leadoff hitter Luis Arraez to the San Diego Padres for prospects last week. As mentioned above, bad teams, or teams who appear intentionally trying to be bad, could bear fruit for fantasy purposes. For this version of the Marlins, infielder Vidal Brujan could benefit from the sudden playing time voided by Arraez. Brujan flashed some signs of promise that he once possessed as a Tampa Bay prospect by turning in three straight two-hit games in the latest Nationals series. In the last two weeks, the 26-year-old went 14-for-33 with five runs scored and two steals. This is a situation to monitor as the lineup could change with slugger Jake Burger rejoining the team this week. If Brujan continues to be rewarded with playing time, he could be a sneaky add for any managers in need of speed.

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